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Erddig (Erddig Park) (Erthig)

  • Built / Designed For: Joshua Edisbury

    House & Family History: Widely acclaimed as one of Britain's finest historic houses, Erddig is one of the greatest success stories of the 20th century conservation movement. It was rescued by the National Trust from post-World War II neglect and a potentially ignominious fate after coal mining subsidence almost literally sank the House. Gifted to the Trust by the Yorke family, Erddig was well worth saving. In addition to the House, an important and distinguished piece of architecture, there was also the formal garden that retained its 18th century axes (Erddig's walled garden is one of the most important surviving 18th century formal gardens in Britain) and the spectacular contents, all original to the House. Not only were there exceptionally fine early 18th century masterpieces of cabinet making, interesting tapestries, and the accumulations built up by the Yorkes over the centuries, but the House also retained a remarkable series of staff portraits, many of which had amusing verse lines about the sitters contributed by Erddig's master, Philip Yorke. The close relationship of staff and employers is remarkable at Erddig, as also is the well-preserved service quarters, including the estate workshops, which form a fascinating prelude to the House itself. (We are most grateful to Gareth Williams for this history of Erddig).

    Collections: The great State Bed of Erddig was rescued in the 1970s and worked on for 18 months by the conservation staff at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. The V&A owns the bed and have put it on long-term loan to Erddig.

    Comments: Erddig is considered one of the most interesting houses in Britain.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: Erddig is famous for its collection of outbuildings, which include the Kitchen, Laundry, Bakehouse, Stables, Sawmill, Smithy, and Joiner's Shop. There are authentic demonstrations of the large collection of restored historic machines. Erddig sports one of the last surviving 18th century gardens with a large walled garden and Victorian parterre (the Walled Garden was restored to its 18th century formal design by the National Trust in the late 20th century). Erddig is also home to the National Collection of Ivies, a fine yew walk, and 13 miles of footpaths.

  • Architect: James Wyatt

    Date: 1773-74
    Designed: Consulted by Philip Yorke for alterations to House

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    Architect: Thomas Hopper

    Designed: Alterations to House

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    Architect: Thomas Webb

    Date: 1683
    Designed: House for Joshua Edisbury

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  • John Bernard (J.B.) Burke, published under the title of A Visitation of the Seats and Arms of the Noblemen and Gentlemen of Great Britain and Ireland, among other titles: Vol. II, p. 159, 1853.

    John Preston (J.P.) Neale, published under the title of Views of the Seats of Noblemen and Gentlemen in England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland, among other titles: 2.S. Vol. V, 1829.

    Country Life: XXVI, 742 plan, 1909. LXVII, 441 [Furniture] 623 [Furniture], 1930. LXVIII, 206, 234, 1930. CLXIII, 906, 970, 1070, 1978. CLXIV, 1331 [ironwork], 1978.

  • Title: Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, A - SOFTBACK
    Author: Colvin, Howard
    Year Published: 1995
    Reference: pg. 1114
    Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
    ISBN: 0300072074
    Book Type: Softback

    Title: Country Life (magazine)
    Author: NA
    Year Published: NA
    Reference: Feb 6, 2003, pg. 58
    Publisher: London: TI Media
    ISBN: NA
    Book Type: Magazine

    Title: National Trust Handbook 2000, The
    Author: NA
    Year Published: 2000
    Publisher: London: The National Trust
    ISBN: NA
    Book Type: Softback

  • House Listed: Grade I

    Park Listed: Grade I

  • Past Seat of: Joshua Edisbury, 17th century. John Meller, 18th century. Simon Yorke, 19th century; Yorke family here 1733-1973.

    Current Ownership Type: The National Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Visitor Attraction

  • House Open to Public: Yes

    Phone: 01978-355-314

    Fax: 01978-313-333

    Email: erddig@nationaltrust.org.uk

    Website: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk

    Awards: Regional Winner of the NPI National Heritage Award 1999/2000.

    Historic Houses Member: No